Wonders what’s in those trash barrels at Municipal Building

To the Editor:

The Westchester Municipal Building has 15 trash barrels put out on trash days. Not one barrel is the blue one for recycling.

Since there is no food served in the building, what are they filling all those black trash barrels with? And why are there no recycle bins?

Richard Rome, Westchester

Says Knabe won’t respond to requests for dog beach

To the Editor:

I have read with interest over the last two weeks the letters in The Argonaut about Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and how disappointed some of his constituents are in him.

Freeplay has been trying since 1996 to establish a dog beach at Dockweiler State Beach, in Knabe’s district. (Dockweiler is a state beach in Playa del Rey, but the county maintains it.)

Since 1996, 8,109 signatures of Los Angeles residents have been submitted to Knabe requesting a dog beach. Over the years, thousands of e-mails have been sent to his office. We had a lawyer write a letter to Knabe, but we got no response.

Research has been presented to Knabe and the county indicating there is no reason why we shouldn’t have a dog beach and pointing out how the other 60 dog beaches that exist up and down the coast of California are successful. As far as we can tell, he and his staff didn’t read it.

Freeplay is in the hands of new leaders now, who are awash in enthusiasm and believe, as I did in 1996, that members of one of the largest blocks of constituents in Los Angeles are entitled to recreate as they choose, at a dog beach with their dogs. I wish them luck and applaud them. I really hope and believe that they will make it happen, because there’s no reason why it shouldn’t.

In 1996 I set out as a na‘ve dog owner who loved my Labrador, who loved running on the beach. I wanted this for her. Sadly, she passed away in 2005, living to be almost 16, but not long enough to run legally in Los Angeles on her beloved beach, the only place that made her truly happy.

It shouldn’t be like this, that the majority of people give up on their causes because they’ve lost the na‘vetÈ to believe in the system. If you feel as we do, write, e-mail or call the county to ask for a dog beach.

Daryl Barnett, Venice

Says there should be some consequences for LMU

students who behave badly

To the Editor:

I’m amazed by the comment by the LMU official who said the local Westchester community was a “partner with LMU” in helping their young adult students become mature. [See “LMU open house draws mixed reaction from homeowners” in The Argonaut issue of June 19th.]

LMU voluntarily selects these kids and takes them on (receiving tuition funds from them). It is not the neighborhood’s job to help raise them, especially without being asked or compensated.

I haven’t experienced the parties first hand. We had a lovely pair of LMU roommates up the street who were very well behaved and respectful of the neighbors. When they had the rare party, they notified neighbors and didn’t go too late. They also sent around a flier introducing themselves and offering babysitting services.

But the kind of behavior described by some residents is unacceptable. I believe most of us become adults without the sort of outrageous behavior some residents have had to put up with.

For those students who behave poorly, shouldn’t there be some kind of discipline procedure and consequences? Maybe community service and, at some point, expulsion? At the very least, letters of apology should be written. Just state this policy up front when the kids enroll.

Ann Wexler, Westchester

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